Journal

Bringing the Heat: Shimano S-Phyre RC901 Shoe in Review

Bringing the Heat: Shimano S-Phyre RC901 Shoe in Review

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

The Shimano S-Phyre shoe line is still relatively new, but it has been a revelation within the Shimano shoe line. Past Shimano shoes have given the brand a bit of a reputation as a purveyor of shoes that were clunky but comfy, unpleasant to look at yet effortlessly comfortable on...
Introducing the Cannondale Topstone Carbon Gravel Bike

Introducing the Cannondale Topstone Carbon Gravel Bike

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

We first rode the Cannondale Topstone last August and reveled in how well-designed the Topstone was. It rode well, performed admirably over all kinds of surfaces, and offered excellent value for the money. Despite Cannondale's history of making quality aluminum bikes, we knew that Cannondale was chomping at the bit...
Revised and Revitalized: the New 2020 Orbea Occam Trail Bike

Revised and Revitalized: the New 2020 Orbea Occam Trail Bike

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

From our perspective, we see trail bikes as the ideal mountain bike for nearly everything Utah has to offer. Our longer climbs, particularly around Northern Utah, require a bike that can take the rider to the top of the trail, but at the same time descend well enough to take...
Just In: Giro Imperial and Empire SLX Shoes

Just In: Giro Imperial and Empire SLX Shoes

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Road shoes have seen a bit of a renaissance over the past few years. Not only have carbon soles taken over as the standard for road shoes in the mid-range and up, but myriad retention systems outside of the typical buckle and strap system have taken over. Giro surprised us...
Join Us For A Juliana Ride Out On Saturday June 29th

Join Us For A Juliana Ride Out On Saturday June 29th

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Juliana Bicycles is in the business of making quality mountain bikes for women looking for nothing else than a pure riding experience. From shock tune to gearing to touchpoints, Juliana's product testers have created a line of bikes with details made specifically for modern female mountain bikers and gravel riders....
Introducing the New Allied Able Gravel Bike

Introducing the New Allied Able Gravel Bike

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Allied Cycle Works CEO Sam Pickman came by to drop off the new Allied Able gravel bike about a month ago. We got to talking about the new bike, how it came to be, and what they hope to achieve with the new bike. But when I asked what made...
Like a Bolt From the Blue, the Contender Shazam Kit is Here

Like a Bolt From the Blue, the Contender Shazam Kit is Here

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Lightning pervades nearly all cultures. Some experience it through deity; Greeks have Zeus, Hindus have Indra, and Aztecs have K’awiil. Italians translate “love at first sight” as a “culpo di fulmine”, a sign of love hitting someone with such intensity that it's akin to a lightning strike. I particularly like...
Introducing the All-New OPEN WI.DE

Introducing the All-New OPEN WI.DE

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

The OPEN U.P. is one of the most asked-about bikes in our shop. We love the OPEN brand ethos; focus on the basics of making a nice bike that rides well without gimmicks or unnecessary design. We love the bike's versatility: the U.P. massages in a 700 x 40c, 650...
No Puns Allowed Around This Fox Live Valve and SRAM AXS SCOTT Genius Build

No Puns Allowed Around This Fox Live Valve and SRAM AXS SCOTT Genius Build

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

We here at Contender love low-hanging fruit as much as anyone else, but it takes all of our willpower to avoid using the many puns and idioms possible when talking about the SCOTT Genius. It's particularly hard with this Fox Live Valve and SRAM AXS-equipped Genius, as its combination of...
Your Inside Guide to the Ebikemotion Companion App

Your Inside Guide to the Ebikemotion Companion App

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

The Ebikemotion X35 drive unit, found on bikes like the Orbea Gain and Pinarello Dyodo e-road bikes, is one of the most asked-about technologies in the shop. Some use the electric assist as a training tool to become faster on their standard bike, while others use the electric assist to...
The Dogma Canon Continues With the New Pinarello Dogma F12

The Dogma Canon Continues With the New Pinarello Dogma F12

Written by Cody Wignall, on Mar 03, 2021

Few bikes are more sought after than the Pinarello Dogma. It's not usually the bike that everyone needs, but it's certainly the bike that everyone wants. From the start, the Dogma was the culmination of Pinarello marching to the beat of their own drum, eschewing all number of trends to...
One Year in Review: Shimano S-Phyre Bib Shorts and Jersey

One Year in Review: Shimano S-Phyre Bib Shorts and Jersey

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

A year of consistent partnership can tell you a lot about a person, but a year of consistent use with a pair of bib shorts and jersey means you know everything about the kit short of their social security number. After a year of wearing the recently-released second generation Shimano...
Memorial Day, the Giro d'Italia, and the Ginettaccio

Memorial Day, the Giro d'Italia, and the Ginettaccio

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

The Giro d'Italia is my favorite Grand Tour for myriad reasons. Much of it comes down to having spent considerable time in Sicily and developing an appreciation for Italian backroads and the fervor Italian people have for cycling at the highest level. The enthusiasm is even stronger for Italian riders...
Presenting the 2020 Juliana Quincy & Santa Cruz Stigmata Gravel Bikes

Presenting the 2020 Juliana Quincy & Santa Cruz Stigmata Gravel Bikes

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Quincy, California might just be the quintessential gold rush town of Northern California. The town may only have a population of 1,700 people, but Quincy is a hub for rock climbing, hiking, and the Grinduro gravel race. For Juliana, it is only on roads (and trails!) like these that a...
Ridden and Reviewed: Bryton Aero 60 and Rider 15 GPS Cycling Computers

Ridden and Reviewed: Bryton Aero 60 and Rider 15 GPS Cycling Computers

Written by Alvin Holbrook, on Mar 03, 2021

Shop our Selection of Cycling Computers and Power Meters If one were to take a poll out of all cyclists in North America to see how many have heard of the company Bryton, you’d likely see a very small group who have heard of the company. You’re likely to have...